The case against Mario Conde filed after the crimes of money laundering and tax fraud were not proven
The judge of the National Court Santiago Pedraz has filed the case investigating the former president of Banesto Mario Conde for money laundering and tax fraud, considering that the commission of these crimes was not duly justified, as reported on Wednesday The Information .
The Tax Agency ruled out in April of this year that Conde committed a tax offense between 2010 and 2014, exercises during which there were no capital increases or capital gains or income that could be taxed.
Subsequently, in another supplementary report known last week, also saw no evidence that the money came from illicit activities , on the understanding that the capital was entered into the Swiss bank Dreyfus before Conde acceded to the presidency of the entity in 1987. this, the magistrate assures that “the money does not have a relevant origin for the process, since it would be previous to Banesto”, as indicated by the judicial expert.
An investigation of two and a half years
This closes an investigation that has lasted two and a half years and has included numerous letters rogatory to the United Kingdom and Switzerland, and the arrest of Mario Conde and his daughter ; the former banker was arrested in April 2016, accused of having laundered some 13 million euros from Banesto since 1999, funds he was repatriating to Spain from Switzerland and the United Kingdom to pay his personal expenses.
He was then attributed to a criminal group, raising property, eight tax crimes and the alleged laundering of more than 13 million from the civil liabilities of the Banesto and Argentia Trust cases . Two months after his arrest, Judge Pedraz ordered provisional release for the ex-banker, upon payment of a deposit of 300,000 euros .
During his statement, Conde reiterated that he repatriated funds that had nothing to do with Banesto , but with the sale, at the end of the eighties, of the Antibióticos company, of which he was majority shareholder with businessman Juan Abelló.
The investigations do not see irregular funds now
Now, after the investigations, Pedraz concludes that the origin of the funds is in various income made between 1980 and 1985; of a transfer of March 1987 for the amount of 10.5 million dollars for the sale of Antibiotics to the Italian Montedison, and the transfer in the first six months of 1989 of funds collected by Conde through intermediation in the sale of Laboratorios Abelló to Merck Sharp & Dohme.
Nor are other funds from an investment property in London accrued between 1994 and the end of 2009, and from the sale of the property in 2010. In the same way, since the commission of the aforementioned crimes was not proven, “the crime of criminal organization as there is no criminal purpose “, which is why the case is filed in relation to the rest of the investigated.